I haven’t been down to Bellevue since Din Tai Fung opened a few years ago. As a die-hard DTF fan, this is totally unacceptable so I finally made the 3 hr trip down to Bellevue!
I encountered a bit of a culture-shock at this American outlet. Instead of the minimalist decor of the Asian branches, this branch has a bar, with ESPN showing on the plasma tvs. The servers wore black outfits (mini skirts too!) instead of the traditional Chinese outfits in white. Not being racist but just observant, the majority of the servers and chefs (who wrap the xiaolongbao) are Hispanic. When I was ordering, I started saying xiaolongbao.. but then realized that my waiter didn’t understand Mandarin and had to think for a split second what xiaolongbao is in English!
Compared to the xiaolongbao in Asia, the ones here had the same thin dumpling skin, same amount of soup but the meat didn’t taste as good. Also, for some reason, my chopsticks kept on sticking to the dumpling skin.
as you can see.. the crab roe xiao long bao was extremely dry and only a dash of roe…
The quality of this DTF branch isn’t up to par to the Asian branches but when compared to other Shanghainese restaurants I’ve tried in America, DTF Bellevue is probably the best. Pricewise, it’s the same as in Asia.
FAIM? oui oui??
Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
700 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, WA 98004, United States